One of my friends just lost her 67 year old brother. He died suddenly after not feeling well for a couple of weeks. I want to share her comment on the situation with all of you because I find it to be quite insightful.

“Exercise is stressful and maybe if he had been attending a class regularly he would have noticed something was wrong earlier.”

She sees exercise as positive stress in the sense that it forces us to see potential problems before they develop. I believe that she is right. My students are very fit and they know when something is wrong because they have a baseline by which they can judge their health. For example, they know what it feels like to push themselves in an aerobic or muscle conditioning class and if they feel that suddenly they are unable to perform normally, it is worth checking in with the doctor.

I have always said that my mission is to help you to perform at your best in all areas of your life. Most of you take part in both winter and summer activities and I want you to be able to live your life to the fullest in great health. Our bodies are naturally breaking down as we age but exercise mitigates the decline and puts us in control of many factors. We can keep our muscles strong and flexible and our cardiovascular systems working efficiently through regular exercise all of which helps us to fight against disease.

We never know what awaits us around the next corner but wouldn’t you agree that it is better to stack the odds in your favor?

See you soon,

Beth